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TADSAW INC

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior : Saving two lives at a time

aka Train a Dog - Save a Warrior   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.tadsaw.org

Mission

The TADSAW mission is to provide for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog, as designated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, for Any wounded Veteran Service Member (Active Duty, Retired, Discharged), surviving with Military Induced Anxiety Depression Syndrome (MIADS), post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), in order to restore and improve the Veteran's Quality of Life with a canine 'Battle Buddy', at no charge to the Veteran or their family. TADSAW is very unique in that it is a Participant Trained Service Dog (PTSD) program - meaning the Veteran is totally involved in the training of their Medical Alert Service Dog and their Military Induced Anxiety Depression is controlled.

Notes from the nonprofit

From July 2010 thru May 13th 2023, TADSAW, INC. has accredited 1,407 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams (Male:989/Female:418) including 158 Vietnam War Veteran (M:147//F:11), TWO Korean War Veteran and 69 TADSAF (Family member) and 10 TADSAR and 33 TADSAC Teams throughout the United States,. This means the Quality of Life for over 1,400+ Veterans and their rescue/shelter ‘Battle Buddies’, and their families, neighborhoods and communities, has changed for the better. TADSAW is responsible for preventing over 1,400+ Veteran suicides! TADSAW is the leader of Service Dog Providers in the area of Diversity, striving to mirror the demographics of Our Military and Veteran populations with disabilities. 29% of Our Teams are Female Veterans. 25% of Our Teams are MST Survivors, and 26% of Our Teams are Minorities, having accredited 377 Service Dog Teams throughout their communities, represented by 191 Hispanic-Latina (M:122/F:69) and 141 African-American (M:62//F:79) and 46 other Ethnicities

Ruling year info

2012

Program Director

Bart Sherwood

Main address

5830 Spring Valley

San Antonio, TX 78247 USA

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Formerly known as

Penny's From Heaven Foundation - 'Train a Dog Save a Warrior Program'

Canines Assisting Soldier Heroes

EIN

45-4556055

NTEE code info

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Mental Health Disorders (F70)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Continue to decrease the number of Veteran suicides daily with the use of a Participant Trained Service Dog (PTSD). From July 2010 thru December 31, 2021, TADSAW, INC. has accredited 1,284 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams (Male:918//Female:366) including 145 Vietnam War Veteran (M:134//F:11), TWO Korean War Veteran and 67 TADSAF (Train a Dog – Save a Family) Service Dog Teams throughout the United States. This means the Quality of Life for over 1,200++ Veterans and their rescue/shelter ‘Battle Buddies’, and their families, neighborhoods and communities, has changed for the better. TADSAW is responsible for preventing over 1,200++ Veteran suicides!!!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Training a Wounded Warrior and their Service Dog candidate during a 20 to 25 week program teaching the obedience skills necessary for a Service Dog to act appropriately in public, special tasks necessary for an individual to improve their Quality of Life, and to teach the person to be proactive in reading the Dog's body language when the Dog is alerting them to their medical condition.
The Warrior/Service Dog Team must pass the AKC Canine Good Citizenship program and TADSAW Public Access/ Temperament Test, in order to be accredited as a Medical Alert Service Dog Team, according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guide lines.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

The ‘Train a Dog – Save a Family’ member (TADSAF), providing for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog for any Veteran’s immediate family, spouse and/or children, surviving with compassion fatigue, secondary MIADS/PTSD, or any other physical or mental health issue diagnosed while the Veteran was deployed or on Active Duty, in order to restore and improve the individual’s Quality of Life with a canine ‘Buddy’, at NO CHARGE to the family.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

The ‘Train a Dog – Save a First Responder’ (TADSAR), providing for the training of a Medical Alert Service Dog for any First Responder, Local and State Police, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Personnel, Hospital staff and Veterans Affairs Health Care Providers, surviving with Secondary Compassion Fatigue and/or Occupation Related Induced Anxiety Depression Syndrome (ORIADS), as a direct result of the medical attention provided to individuals that are victims of catastrophic events or accidents.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The cost of training the Medical Alert Service Dog Team stays consistent due to the participation of the Veteran training their Service Dog under the supervision of the TADSAW Dog Trainer.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This total represents the Medical Alert Service Dog Teams accredited in the TADSAW programs: TADSAW (#90 teams) - includes 9 Vietnam War Veteran Teams TADSAF (#1 team), TADSAC ( #2 teams)

Number of donors retained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Average donation in 2022 was $480.

Number of phone calls/inquiries

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

A decrease in the number of inquiries and applications is a 'good' thing. hopefully the Veterans are receiving appropriate treatment. However, as applicants decrease, the number of Teams has increased

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans, Adults

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

TADSAW INC receives all monies from private donors, grants from foundations, and fundraising from students at schools.

Average online donation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Veterans, Military personnel

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Medical Alert Service Dog training is a 24/7/365 commitment by each Service Dog handler during the training period which is approximately 25 weeks and 150 hours weekly as minimum time spent working.

Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Proficiency in the handing of the Medical Alert Service Dog is of utmost importance and the number of lessons varies widely with the Veteran in a Participant Trained Service dog program.

Number of Facebook followers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Work status and occupations, Health

Related Program

Train a Dog - Save a Warrior

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

TADSAW's goal is to reduce the number of suicides by Wounded Veteran Service Members (Active Duty , Retired, Discharged), due to the effects of Military Induced Anxiety Depression Syndrome (MIADS), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that have been acquired during Active Duty training or deployment during combat situations; and to restore and improve the Warrior's Quality of Life with their family, their neighborhood and their community.

The United Nations recently (August 6, 2013) reported that psychological trauma as a result of exposure and/or involvement is not treatable with the use of prescription pharmaceuticals. This condition is not due to an imbalance of neurotransmitters in the brain or other problems, rather it is due to actual participation in an atrocious event or related activity.

To be able to serve as many wounded Veteran Service Members (Active Duty, Retired, Discharged) in training with a Medical Alert Service Dog, as close to their home, within a 60 to 90 mile radius if possible, with a network of Dog Trainers committed to assisting those individuals during the training process. By making training accessible, more individuals will come forward and become part of the program.

Employing the Military's methodology of training, to PLAN - PREPARE and ENGAGE, allows the Service Member to utilize those same skills in the training and successful completion of the mission to train and be part of a Medical Alert Service Dog Team

The TADSAW philosophy is "Together you train to hone your skills and Bond as a Team".

TADSAW, INC. sends out over 100 applications monthly to Veteran Service Members ( Active Duty, Retired, Discharged), and receives 45 to 60 completed applications (approximately 40 - 45% rate of return). This means that TADSAW is actively recruiting about 10 new Dog Trainers monthly in order to be conveniently located in the region where the Veteran resides.

With the numbers that TADSAW, INC. is seeing, it is a very real possibility that over 1,000 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams would be accredited every year. This would equate to a decrease of Veteran suicides by almost 3 per day.

TADSAW is very unique in that it is a Participant Trained Service Dog (PTSD) program - meaning you, the Veteran, are totally involved in the training of your Medical Alert Service Dog and getting your Military Induced Anxiety Depression Syndrome (MIADS) - an Occupation-Related Health Hazard - under control and destigmatizing the medical condition labeled by the Departments of Defense and VA as a mental health/mental illness issue referred to as post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd!!). Fighting Fire with Fire!!! New Whiteboard video: Https://Vimeo.Com/507574168 - TADSAW PTSD

From July 2010 thru December 31st 2021, TADSAW, INC. has accredited 1,284 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams (Male:918//Female:366) including 145 Vietnam War Veteran (M:134//F:11), TWO Korean War Veteran and 67 TADSAF (Train a Dog – Save a Family) Service Dog Teams throughout the United States. This means the Quality of Life for over 1,200++ Veterans and their rescue/shelter ‘Battle Buddies’, and their families, neighborhoods and communities, has changed for the better. TADSAW is responsible for preventing over 1,200++ Veteran suicides!

In 2021, TADSAW INC, in spite of the pandemic slowdown, accredited 99 Medical Alert Service Dog Teams (M:60//F:39), including 5 Vietnam Veteran (M:5//F:0), and 7 TADSAF Teams.

Since March 2013 when the Department of Veterans Affairs reported the daily number of suicides at twenty-two (22), neither the Department of Defense nor the Department of Veteran Affairs have released any additional information indicating any decrease in that number,

It is now 2022.. when is the Department of Veterans Affairs step up and announce a decrease in the number of daily Veteran suicides.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TADSAW INC

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Bart Sherwood

TADSAW INC Founder

Term: 2011 - 2025

Brandon Sherwood

EAG Services,TX

Sherrie King

Peking Paws Dog Training,MA

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/23/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.